China: Club makes male visitors sign anti-sexual harassment agreement form before entry

China: This decision comes in response to previous complaints about incidents of sexual harassment within the club.

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China: In a significant move to address concerns about sexual harassment, a private club named Dark Palace in southeastern China's Guangdong province has implemented a policy requiring all male visitors to sign an agreement pledging not to sexually harass female guests. This decision comes in response to previous complaints about incidents of sexual harassment within the club.

The announcement was made through the club's official WeChat account, where it stated, "In the future, all males who want to enter Dark Palace should sign the letter of agreement regarding anti-sexual harassment."

While emphasizing the club's commitment to nurturing a healthy underground music community without unnecessary restrictions, the management expressed that recent "outrageous" incidents compelled them to take this step.  According to the letter of agreement, “If you’re the kind of people who love music, equality, and fraternity, you will find it cool to sign this.”

Club requests to avoid physical contact with strangers

The letter also includes a plea for both male and female members to refrain from physical contact and verbal harassment with strangers. To enforce this policy, the club has outlined consequences for violators, stating that any male visitor breaking the rules will be blacklisted, and a police complaint might be filed. The club made it clear that those who oppose the agreement are not welcome, stating, "We don't welcome you. No admittance."

Diverse reaction to club's decision

The decision has sparked a mixed range of reactions on social media. Some users applaud the club's proactive stance in safeguarding women and preventing harassment. Concurrently, there are voices advocating for similar agreements for female visitors.